Australian News and Analysis

Aboriginal people rightly sceptical about Recognise campaign

Aboriginal people rightly sceptical about Recognise campaign

November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The government-backed campaign to acknowledge Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution is mired in controversy. Polls are showing a majority of Aboriginal people do not support the ‘Recognise’ campaign, and would vote against the proposed changes if a referendum were held. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party While ‘Recognise’ describes itself […]

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The time for marriage equality is now!

The time for marriage equality is now!

July 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

In early June, opposition leader Bill Shorten introduced a marriage equality bill into the parliament. While it was always unlikely that the bill would pass given Labor’s lack of numbers, Bill Shorten played an opportunistic political game. By Simone Howard, Socialist Party Bolstered by the recent referendum in Ireland which […]

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Chinese investors not main cause of housing stress

Chinese investors not main cause of housing stress

July 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Last month, a racist campaign targeting Chinese nationals angered many Sydney residents. Leaflets were distributed in some suburbs describing the buying of properties by Chinese investors as an “invasion”. Residents were also encouraged to protest outside the Chinese consulate. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party The far right “Party for Freedom” […]

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Public sector workers stop work

Public sector workers stop work

July 14, 2015 at 9:20 am

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has begun short stop works in response to the federal government’s reluctance to negotiate a decent pay rise for public servants. The government’s offer was an insulting 4.15% pay rise over three years. By Gary Duffy, Socialist Party The government’s actions are an […]

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Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

July 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

“Frankly, heads should roll over this,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott in June. He was not talking about the claims of widespread child sexual abuse in refugee detention centers. He was not referencing the expose of his own Liberal Party taking money from the mafia. He was not speaking of […]

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‘Allegiance to Australia’ bill attacks most basic rights

‘Allegiance to Australia’ bill attacks most basic rights

July 11, 2015 at 10:31 am

After months of fear-mongering, partly aimed at wedging Labor on ‘national security’, the Liberal-National government has rushed out its so-called ‘Allegiance to Australia’ bill. By W. van Leeuwen, Socialist Party The bill is Abbott’s deepest attack yet on basic democratic rights. It would alienate dual nationals who ‘engage in various […]

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Royal Commission exposes dodgy deals

Royal Commission exposes dodgy deals

July 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

In recent weeks, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has shifted its focus to the Australian Workers Union (AWU). In particular they have been looking at the period when Labor Party leader Bill Shorten was secretary of the union. By Ben Convey, Socialist Party Mainstream media outlets […]

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ACTU Congress: Flattest in years

ACTU Congress: Flattest in years

July 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) triennial Congress was held in Melbourne in late May. The focus of the gathering was a $13 million plan to increase the union movement’s capacity to campaign for the Labor Party at elections. By Socialist Party reporters Attendees described the events as the […]

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Unionism corrupted by Laborism

Unionism corrupted by Laborism

June 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

Editorial comment from the July 2015 edition of The Socialist In recent weeks a number of dodgy deals have been exposed between employers and the Labor aligned Australian Workers Union (AWU). Labor Party leader Bill Shorten was the national secretary of the AWU before entering parliament in 2007, hence he […]

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Oppose the government’s welfare changes

Oppose the government’s welfare changes

June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

Amongst the raft of anti-worker counter reforms being proposed by the federal government are sweeping changes to welfare payments for unemployed people. By Meredith Jacka, Socialist Party Job service providers that purportedly assist unemployed people back into the work force through programs like ‘work for the dole’ will have much […]

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